A recap of the Seahawks’ Monday practice:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Kelly Jennings. The former first-round draft choice played like one during the 95-minute practice, intercepting a pair of passes.
With cornerback Marcus Trufant out indefinitely because of a bulging disc in his back, Jennings is playing Trufant’s spot on the left side in the nickel – because Josh Wilson slides inside to cover the slot receiver.
Monday, Jennings wasn’t just playing left cornerback, he was making plays. And there was a progression to it.
First, Jennings had blanket coverage on an incomplete pass to Courtney Taylor. Then, he made a lunging tip to break up a pass to Ben Obomanu.
Jennings’ first interception came on a fourth-down pass in the two-minute drill, when he picked off a Matt Hasselbeck pass that was intended for Mike Hass. His second came on the final play of practice – on another fourth-down pass, this one by rookie QB Mike Teel that was intended for Hass in the end zone.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Running back Edgerrin James, who joined the team last Wednesday, made a fingertip grab of a Hasselbeck pass over the middle despite middle linebacker David Hawthorne swiping at his arms.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
After Hasselbeck threw a third-down chest pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh to pickup a first down on a broken play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night, the Seahawks QB said that he got the silent treatment on the sideline.
“No one said anything, so they probably weren’t too pleased,” Hasselbeck said after the game.
Au contraire. Monday, coach Jim Mora was asked about the play and offered, “It was a heads-up play by Matt – a broken play that he turns into a first down. Its shows that Matt is an aware player, and he’s always looking to make something happen. He sees the big picture, big time.”
Houshmandzadeh (general soreness), backup QB Seneca Wallace (groin), wide receiver Logan Payne (leg) and safety C.J. Wallace (ribs) did not practice. But their injuries are not considered serious.
Still sidelined: tackle Walter Jones (knee), center Chris Spencer (thigh) and cornerback Travis Fisher (hamstring) and Trufant.
The Seahawks will practice Tuesday afternoon, their only session where they’ll focus on the opponent for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders at Qwest Field.
Fans attending the game are asked to bring school supplies to donate to the team’s “Stuff the Bus” promotion. Items collected will be distributed to at-need kids in the Puget Sound area. For more details click here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I don’t discount the fact that we’re winning, either. I know they don’t count. They don’t go in the record book. But it’s always better to win when you’re competing, and we’re trying to sustain a winning culture here. So it’s important that we win those games.” – Mora, when recounting the things he liked about the win over the Chiefs that improved the team’s preseason record to 3-0.